Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (2016)
“In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.
Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they value most.
Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them. Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.”
Ramayana (Ramayana Stolen Hopes, the recent version by Shubha Vilas) would probably be one of the most told stories from the Indian mythology. Different authors since ages have seen and narrated this win-of-good-over-evil tale in their own way. While most of the authors have taken liberties to make it engaging, fascinating and of course sale-able, only a few have successful in retaining the soul of this Rama-Sita saga without compromising on the interest quotient.
Shubha Vilas is one among them. Third and next in the Ramayana, Game of Life series, Stolen Hopes takes off from Sita’s abduction by Ravana. Since it’s our very own Ramayana which has been teaching us the right way of life since ages and not an adaptation or inspiration, the sequence of events and facts are pretty same. However, the real beauty lies in the way it has been told something which holds relevance and importance for young generation which may not feel comfortable with the original version.
Highlights of Ramayana Stolen Hopes
Ramayana Stolen Hopes offers a beautiful prose, mesmerizing descriptions and of course still equally appropriate moral teachings of Ramayana as they were some million years ago. Another highlight of the book is the way the takeaways from the important sequences have been explained in the footnotes. Ramayana Stolen Hopes allows you to see the tale of Ramayana in the new light. It gives you a perspective towards life and makes you believe why it is important to tell the tale of Maryadapurushottam Rama to every generation.
You might be wondering why didn’t I told you anything about the story. Well this is something you might have heard from your grandparents. And if you didn’t it gives me more reasons to keep the suspense intact. But one thing I can assure you there’s a lot you can learn from this book to become a better human being. While you enjoy this, I am waiting for the next in the series. Watch out this space for the review. And don’t forget to share your views once you read this amazing book.
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